The ‘Rising Stars’ – celebrated for their contribution to health care in the capital - were nominated by colleagues in their workplaces and ranged from Ward Managers to Health Care Assistants and Directors of Inclusion. Hundreds of inspiring nominees were submitted to RCN London, with the most outstanding 25 selected by a specially appointed panel of judges.
Hosted by University College London Hospitals the event - ‘Celebrating 70 years of the BAME contribution to health and social care’ - brought together members from across various health care settings for a day of reflection and celebration.
Opened by RCN London Regional Director Jude Diggins, the event featured speeches from Dr Rosena Allin-khan, Labour MP for Tooting and Shadow Minister for Sport, who spoke about her own experiences of racial discrimination and her admiration for nurses after working with them for a number of years as an A&E doctor.
Chris Ramsey, Technical Director at Queens Park Rangers Football Club, also attended and spoke about resilience and his own experience of abuse as one of few prominent black football coaches.
Taz (Tesmond Rowe), a London based hip-hop artist who produced Dizzee Rascal’s hit record ‘Just a Rascal’ in 2004, performed spoken word on the Windrush and delivered an emotional eulogy about his grandmother’s experience as a member of the Windrush Generation.
In the afternoon, delegates were given the opportunity to attend one of three workshops on themes of confidence, assumptions and leadership.
On celebrating the ‘Rising Stars, Jude said:
“It is a privilege to be able to honour the brilliant work that these ‘Rising Stars’ have done and continue to do across our health care organisations in London. Let us continue to support each other, celebrate each other, and fight for equality and inclusion. Diversity makes us richer, in every possible way.”
RCN London Rising Stars 2018
Amna Manzoor, Staff Nurse, Royal Trinity Hospice
Anna Dube, Senior Workforce Development Nurse, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Ariel Tagac, Proactive Development Nurse, Bart's Health
Audrey Mullings, Community Matron, Kings Mill Hospital
Claudee Pompa, Nurse Practitioner, Bart's Health
Dannie Madake, Community Assessment Officer, Pulse Agency
David Uzosike, Senior Community Psychiatric Nurse, Harlow Essex
Delores Edwards, Health Care Assistant, Trinity Hospice
Jennifer Facey, Community Nurse, The Kingswood Centre
Joanne Massey, Staff Nurse, UCLH Sir Williams Gower Unit
Karen Moir, Senior Health Adviser-HIV, Bart’s Health
KellyAnn Prime, Associate Director Inclusion, Bart's Health
Letitia Mitchell, Referral Coordinator, Berkshire Integrated Hub
Lisa Green, Lead Midwife, The Lindo Wing, Imperial Private Healthcare
Londiwe Ndlovu, WISH Nursing Manager, Intermediate Care
Mavis Mensah, Head of Healthcare, HMP Downview Healthcare
Monroe Clarke, Life Skills Recovery Worker, John Howard Centre (ELFT)
Mussarat Iqbal, Senior Research Nurse, Hammersmith Medicines Research
Nana Yaa Owusu, CAMHS Clinical Nurse Specialist, Haringey CAMHS
Nimisha Deakin, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Nisha Murrey, Junior Sister, The London Spinal Cord Injury Centre
Rose Kwarteng, District Nurse, CNWL Milton Keynes Community Services
Rosemarie Ramkissoon, Mental Health Community Nurse, BHFT
Rosemary Phiri, Rapid Response Nurse, Intermediate Care
Sonia Grant, Ward Manager, Bart's Health